I hadn’t even thought about the pins staying in. It seems to have also helped the pace of play a bit.Things I have loved:
1. single carts: it seems to already be ending around PHX, but the rounds were faster and it was almost like walking without actually doing it. The courses here and summer temps are not conducive to walking.
2. I like the contraptions in the hole that lets you reach inside and grab your ball without the ball being halfway to China. I feel like the holes aren’t getting chewed up as bad as before. When the pin is left in and the ball goes to the bottom of the hole, there is some wrangling around the hole edges to get the ball out
3. In AZ, you can’t remove the pin. I think it has woken up a lot of people that previously had to have the pin out. I still would prefer the pin out on putts less than 6’, but I have gotten more used to it.
4. the courses in AZ were PACKED March-May. I think a lot of people remembered that they loved the game during COVID.
So this is quite different than where I am. Do you mean there was a time when you were sheltered in place or not working when the range and putting/chipping greens were open for practice? Here they locked down everything and when 'golf' returned they've still kept all the putting/chipping/bunker practice areas closed. It still is that way.golf wise, a lot of time to practice on the range and putting/chipping green. i needed it more than ever really..
!!!People on and off the golf course are much more approachable and eager to socialize with others (protests and riots excepted). We're enjoying the company of others more. We've gotten to know neighbors we hadn't been able to connect with pre-COVID-19.
Mmm. The courses here really benefited from the shutdown and recovered. But where I am tee sheets are full several days out. So, except for the extra spacing between tee times and mandate to close the pro shop at 6:30 pm, we're seeing all the traffic a course can handle. More newbies too. That's good for the game...not so good for the course.With far less traffic, courses have been in fantastic shape.
Ours was busy like that for a couple months. The past two weeks it seems to be lightening up. That said the course has taken a beating and one bad thing is no sand bottles. The course will be closed 2 days this week for maintenanceMmm. The courses here really benefited from the shutdown and recovered. But where I am tee sheets are full several days out. So, except for the extra spacing between tee times and mandate to close the pro shop at 6:30 pm, we're seeing all the traffic a course can handle. More newbies too. That's good for the game...not so good for the course.